The American Red Cross has setup a staging area in Longview as they wait to see where Tropical Storm Isaac makes landfall.
Anita foster with the Red Cross says right now the storm is expected to hit New Orleans, among other coastal cities, and could mean yet another mass exodus of Louisianans. As CNN reports, Isaac is forecasted to reach hurricane strength before reaching the coast early Wednesday, on the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina.
The Red Cross is encouraging people to download the new Hurricane App to get instant access to hurricane safety steps and weather alerts for areas in the path of the storm. The free app, launched earlier this month, can be used on both iPhone and Android platforms.
Smith County Disaster Public Affairs Volunteer Susan Campbell stated in a release:
“The Red Cross Hurricane app gives local and real time information for coastal residents and those who might be traveling over the next few days to areas affected by Isaac.”
Features of the app include location-based NOAA weather alerts, locations of open Red Cross shelters and simple steps and checklists when creating a family emergency plan.
The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth is planning to take questions via a live twitter chat Tuesday at 11 a.m. CDT about Isaac’s possible impact on North and Central Texas. They instruct you to use #AskFWD when posing your questions. You can follow along by searching twitter for #AskFWD.